pics : cool or warm



my mom used to give me a hard time because many of the creative-things i do involve flowers. i try to resist, but just can't help myself. it doesn't help that i'm married to an enabler who likes to buy them for me and prides himself on making good choices. this bouquet was just $10!

i'm working on processing some of my photos so they're a bit softer. clear color is very important, but it don't want it to be super-vivid. could you please tell me if you prefer the cooler tones vs. the warmer tones in the images below?

cool


warm


as a small thank you, i have two wonderful songs for you. scott really likes come on get higher by matt nathanson and i really love revelry (unofficial version) by kings of leon. if you listen to the lyrics, they both seem to be about lost love, but say it so differently.

hope you had a very nice weekend! we went to the farm and it was a hoot. of course there will be photos, but i'm going to take my time with them so they're just right. enjoy your week!

xo, cindy

26 comments:

Carolyn said...

I prefer the cool tones. These are lovely pics!

L'Atelier said...

i think i do prefer the warm one- funny enough because i would have off the cuff said the cool warm, but after looking at them for a while- i have to say the warm one, it looks much softer.
can't wait to see those farm photos :)
have a wonderful week, friend!

Pascale said...

Believe it or not, but I've been trying to do the same thing inspired (or challenged?) by the many soft toned, warm, romantic shots you see everywhere these days. I've tried and I can't seem to get it right!!
Usually, I prefer cool tones (not too hard, so I tend to fiddle a bit with saturation when it gets too vivid). In this case, however, and maybe for flowers in general, I'd go with the soft tones, I think, though both of them would make wonderful postcards (and the first one as well actually - have you ever considered starting to sell them?)...

What a lovely bouquet, by the way!!

My name is PJ. said...

EXCELLENT BOUQUET SCOTT!

I prefer the cool tones here, Cindy. The colors are a bit truer and, since the flowers are so beautiful by themselves, they don't need tweaking.

Line said...

The picture is oohhh the angle and the reflection is so great I think I have to make a choice the cool tones!!

nathalie et cetera said...

mmmmm! it's my first visit to your blog. lovely! you are a lucky woman to receive flowers so often. i would go with the cool tone too.

Pretty Neat Designs said...

They both look good, but I like the cool colors a bit more. I think I like the purple in the cool color shot.

mary said...

I hear you on the flower obsession! They are, by far, my favorite thing to photograph.

I also am currently playing around with tones. I really think that the mood you're looking to convey with your photo is a big part of determining how you adjust the tones, so part of it is subjective. For the photo here, I prefer the cool tones. :)

cindy* said...

good eye scott!

i think i like the cool one...yup, i do ;)

Elizabeth said...

I love all things flowers! God put them on this earth to make us happy :) I buy them non stop, and factor them into my budget for the month.
I prefer the cool tone photo in this instance, but I can see how the other makes for an antique feel.
You know I saw Kings of Leon, before they were anything, and opened up for U2. I liked them a lot. Then I didn't there for a while, and I don't know why. I started listening to "Use Somebody," and I now have changed my mind again. Thanks for steering me in the direction of another of their songs :)

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

I like, prefer the cool one...
Beautiful flowers! You're a lucky lady!
Char

ambika said...

I think I'm always inclined towards warmer tones in photos--I have no idea why.

Life out Here said...

I think for these particular colors, I prefer the cool tone as it shows the true colors of the flowers more. I think it all depends on what the main feel of the picture is and the overall colors that the picture is capturing, though.

aimee said...

these are signature quaint handmade photos, both the warm and the cool. i love them.

Vicki Dvorak said...

Hi Cindy, that's the best kind of enabler to have....the kind that buys you flowers. ;) I love both photos but I am leaning towards the cool one!

Candi said...

I usually lean towards the warm side, but I'm going to have to change my ways, and go with cool! Both look great!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Personally I prefer the warmer tone...but again it depends on the subject matter. Lovely week Cindy!
xo*

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

I lean toward the warmer. I like to look at cool things, but I prefer to live with warm.

Joyce said...

Cindy, I like both, as I re-read your comments. I think the 2nd one, is giving the warmth you might be looking for.

I can't wait to see the photos and hear about the stories at the farm. xoxo

A Girl with a Pink Balloon said...

The Cooler Tones are beautiful!!!! i think the warmer tones gie it a "sepia" kind of look, making the picture look aged.
having said that both pictures are beautiful and your so lucky to have husband with such wonderful taste in Bouquets!!!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

I clicked over on to your blog and your first photo literally made me gasp...so beautiful. I'm loving the cooler tones, but both are quite lovely. HOpe you're having a great week!

Rachel Follett said...

I love them both. What a great guy!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

loving them both my dear...but i actually prefer the cool toned one...the warm is antiquey of course but i prefer the more natural blue light!

courtney said...

i'm enjoying the warm tones - and i LOVE kings of leon. i'ma check out the other song tonight... thanks for the recommendation!

wild child said...

Wow, that sounds like a pretty great type of enabler to me :)

I like the cool pic better - it looks crisp, most realistic. The warm pic is a nice old-fashioned, romantic looking pic.

Meg xoxo

vintage simple said...

Okay, so this is in totally late - and apparently siding with the minority, but... for whatever it's worth, I like the warm tones with this particular photo. I like colors that are sort of in between, elusive, not quite purple, not quite pink, but somewhere in the hazy middle. I like the fuzziness that the warm tones give to the colors in this shot... Just one opinion, of course.
-maria